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Celebrating the First Lady of Civil Rights


Today we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Rosa Parks. The US Congress honored her as 'the first lady of civil rights'. Read on for a history refresher -- On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was told to give up her Montgomery, Alabama bus seat to a white man. She defiantly refused. She was arrested and convicted of violating the law of segregation. This led to a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted for 381 days. In 1956, the US Supreme Court ruled that the segregation law was unconstitutional, and that the Montgomery bus system should be integrated.

Rosa Parks’ defiance became an important symbol of the Civil Right Movement. We remember her on this day in order to continue her work to promote equal opportunities, civil rights, and fairness for all.

Click here to see images of: Rosa Parks Bus - The Henry Ford